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New Member Welcome Event - Sunday, October 16, 6 PM!

Atlanta Freedom Bands welcomes musicians and color guard members at all skill levels to join us as we begin our 24th performance season! The Concert Band will give a first read of music for our upcoming holiday concert. We will also have representatives from the MetroGnomes Stage Band, the Marching Band, and the Color Guard on hand for those interested in all the opportunities AFB offers. Following the rehearsal, we will have a potluck sociable to start the season in a fabulously festive way. Don't keep your instrument in the closet. Come out and play!

Save the Date
Saturday December 17 - Jubilance! Songs of Joy and Celebration!

Join us as we kick off our 24th season with a performance of uplifting and delightful music.

Purchase tickets for this event now or take advantage of a discount by purchasing season ticket to enjoy three performances which includes this performance and the following concerts:
  • March 18, 2017 - I Have a Dream: Music of the African and African-American Experience
  • June 17, 2017 - Gershwin!

Groundbreakers Concert Poster
Atlanta Freedom Bands closed its 23rd season with exciting and innovative music by a selection of today’s most talented composers. 

The program provided a listen to some of the best in 21st century wind band music.  Rhythmic and tuneful, quirky and dance-like, the concert has quite a variety of sounds, moods, and textures.  You are sure to catch yourself tapping your feet and humming a new tune during the show.  The concert kicked off Atlanta's Stonewall Week celebrations.  

A concert of innovative music deserved an innovative host.  We were delighted to welcome Vandy Beth Glenn to the host's podium to guide us through the concert.  Her career has had quite a path winding from the Journalism school at the University of Georgia to the US Navy.  She was at the center of one of the early cases to advance transgender rights in the workplace in our state.   She holds the honor of being the first transgender person to address a Congressional committee.  

The concert program included:

  • "Down East Fanfare” by Jack Stamp (celebrating the rocky coast of Maine)
  • “Armenian Dances” by Alfred Reed (a festive medley of folk dances)
  • “Shortcut Home” by Dana Wilson (inspired by “A Short Ride in a Fast Machine”)
  • “See Rock City” by Brant Karrick (a rock-funk-blues creation capturing the quirky tourist trap)
  • “Fe (Faith)” from “Concierto Ibérico” by Atlanta composer Tim Jansa (featuring euphonium soloist Staci Hatmaker)
  • “A Little Tango Music” by Adam Gorb 
  • “Abracadabra” by Frank Ticheli (a fun piece capturing the magic of our world as seen through the eyes of a child)
  • “Solas Ané” by Samuel Hazo (a hauntingly beautiful setting of Gaelic themes) 
  • “Foundry” by John Mackey (a rhythmic piece for band and “found” percussion)